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Money and costs

Currency
Pesos (RD$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 28, 2016 7:07PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$60
  • Budget room: RD$1500 (US$35)
  • Meal at local comedor: RD$200 (US$4.75)
  • Buy all drinks from grocery stores – small bottled water RD$10 and six-pack of 12oz Presidentes RD$62
  • Take motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) and guaguas (small buses) to get around
Midrange
US$60–200
  • Internet deal on all-inclusive accommodations: RD$2800 (US$65)
  • First-class bus tickets between major destinations: RD$420 (US$10)
  • Join group tours for activities like snorkeling, hiking etc
Top end (more than)
US$200
  • Beachfront resort: RD$8500 (US$200)
  • Meal at top restaurant in urban or resort areas: RD$900 (US$21)
  • Rent a car for the entire trip or at least for special excursions; gas prices will eat into expenses

ATMs can be found throughout the DR. Most charge fees (around RD$115 on average) and have relatively low withdrawal limits. Credit and debit cards widely accepted in cities and tourism related businesses – Visa and MasterCard more common than Amex. Many tourist-related businesses, including most midrange and top-end hotels, list prices in US dollars, but accept pesos.

Tipping

A shock to many first-timers, most restaurants add a whopping 28% (ITBIS of 18% and an automatic 10% service charge) to every bill. Menus don't always indicate whether prices include the tax and tip.

  • Restaurants Tipping generally not expected since 10% automatically added to total. If especially impressed, you can add whatever else you feel is deserved.

  • Taxis Typically, you can round up or give a little extra change.

  • Hotels A 10% service charge is often automatically included; however, a US$1 to US$2 per night gratuity left for cleaning staff is worth considering.